In Memory of Rev. Scott Ritchey

by | May 8, 2021 | Death Announcements

From the Office of Bishop Bob



In sadness, we share the news that Rev. Scott Ritchey died on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Rev. Scott Ritchey was an elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. He attended Saint Joseph and Saint Patrick Universities. He was admitted on probation in 2001 and appointed to serve at Scottsdale UMC in Scottsdale, AZ. He was admitted into full connection in 2003 and served at First UMC in Phoenix, AZ (Associate). He began his service at Justa Center in Phoenix, AZ in 2006 as the Director. In 2015, he served at Central UMC in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his wife Laura.

Scott Ritchey was a force for good in this world. Many people were inspired by his decision to embrace his new vocation in The United Methodist Church and at the Justa Center. Scott changed his vocation to preserve his faith—he followed where God led him. And when his life changed again, during his illness, he embraced his journey with a spirit of surrender, gratitude, and gentle acceptance.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, 5510 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Clergy are invited to robe and process. You may use the Library to robe. Please gather in the exterior breezeway near the sanctuary entrance to form the processional no later than 9:45a.m.

This is an in-person service. COVID protocol will be practiced. Please wear masks. You may also live-stream the service.

We will be creating an ofrenda (table of remembrance) for Scott in the outdoor courtyard. Please bring anything you might want to add to it: photos, books, things that remind you of Scott, memorabilia from events or times with him. You are welcome to bring these items to the table ahead of the service – as early as 9:30am, and take them with you again when you leave.

Condolences can be sent to:
Laura Ritchey
3584 Parlin Street
Loveland, CO 80538
or by email

Memorial Gifts may be made to:
Justa Center
1001 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

We join our hearts together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. Scott Ritchey, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.

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Author: Episcopal Office

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